Author Archives: Glen Argan

Dance celebration expresses reconciliation beyond words

By Glen Argan (Originally published in The Catholic Register, June 17, 2018) Words are rarely enough. Actions speak louder than words. When we want to restore a broken relationship, a simple “I’m sorry” or even a long, detailed apology may not suffice. More is required. In late April, I attended Ancestors and Elders, a performance by Edmonton’s Shumka Dancers, Canada’s

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Archbishop speaks of a crucifix which reflects the bruised nature of the Church

By Glen Argan In his Easter message, Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen has given a stunningly beautiful reflection on the meaning of the cross and resurrection. The archbishop sits beside a crucifix in the parish church in Balgonie. The original church was destroyed by fire, but in the remains of the church, someone found the wooden corpus, charred, but basically unharmed.

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Residential schools grew out of bad theology

(From The Catholic Register, April 8, 2018, http://www.catholicregister.org) Indian residential schools were established by Canada’s federal government, but Christian churches, including the Catholic Church, bought into the plan with enthusiasm. When the churches assumed the task of running residential schools in the 19th century, no one in the settler culture saw them with the same eyes that we possess today.

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Nicodemus seeks answers outside the organization

Originally posted on On the Threshold:
(Originally published in The Catholic Register, http://www.catholicregister.org, March 25, 2018) By Glen Argan Nicodemus is the organization man who realizes his organization does not have the answers. So, he looks further afield. You are not supposed to do that, but he does it anyway. His heart hungers for more than arid policies, and what…

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Nicodemus seeks answers outside the organization

(Originally published in The Catholic Register, http://www.catholicregister.org, March 25, 2018) By Glen Argan Nicodemus is the organization man who realizes his organization does not have the answers. So, he looks further afield. You are not supposed to do that, but he does it anyway. His heart hungers for more than arid policies, and what do you know, but he finds

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Developing a global conscience with the ‘Share Lent’ campaign

By Glen Argan (From catholicregister.org of Feb.14, 2018) The disciplines of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – are an exercise in conscience formation. Lent is much more than conscience formation, but it is that. Likely, however, most adult Catholics believe our consciences are already well formed. We know the difference between right and wrong, and most often we do

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